About the Author

Rainbow from our upper deck

Veronica Hughes, aka Polly St. John Hughes

I am a native San Franciscan currently living in Marin County, California. After becoming disillusioned with the Catholic Church in my late teens I decided that Christianity was not for me. In my early 20s, after a prolonged illness, I went on a quest to find healing and inner peace. I became involved in personal growth movements, the occult, Eastern religions, channeling, alternative healing (I was a massage therapist and healer for twenty years), and meditation techniques. For twenty years I was convinced that I could find what I was seeking outside of Christianity. Yet inner peace and true healing eluded me. Then in an amazing and shocking series of events my life took a dramatic and unexpected turn.

My book is a candid, engaging, non-judgmental view into my life-long spiritual journey and struggles to come to terms with Christianity and finally find the “Peace that passes all understanding.” in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

If you are a modern seeker trying to find your way back to Christ, my book will open a window into Ancient Christianity and its most heartfelt and sacred traditions preserved for more than 2000 years in Eastern Orthodoxy Church.

For those who are Orthodox, My Pearl is a gripping story that will validate your faith and offer support to those of you that are challenged to find a way to share your faith with family and friends who are into Eastern or New Age practices.

I have also released my second book, In Christ I am a New Creation, Taking up My Cross, Part I of the sequel to my Pearl and a book about my saint, St. Veronica. To read more about my new books, go to my website:pearlofgreatpriceorthodox.com. Books can be purchased through me (if you would like a signed copy) or on Amazon.

May God bless you and thank you for visiting my blog,

Veronica Hughes


6 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. Dear Veronica we are so pleased to learn of God’s ways in your life, may His providence that led you to the orthodox Christianity be blessed! My brother and I are hieromonks Methody and Kirill serving nearby Saint-Petersburs, Russia. We send you our blessings! + + + By chance – would you happen to know about any modern miracles in America and Europe (meaninig not necessarily healings but also coming to the true faith) though the prayers of saint John of Kronshtadt or any other Orthodox saint? We are working now on an orthodox calendar for the 2015 and would like to bring Russian readers some information on Orthodoxy abroad – and especially on the help of orthodox saints to find the true Church +
    My e-mail is ierej.cyril@mail.ru
    God bless you! +

  2. At SR skete reading your lovely book! Taking up my cross 1
    Such a help ! Thank you!

    1. Cypriana,
      When you finish it – perhaps you could go on my book Amazon lisiting for this book and write a review? That would be of a great help to others. I am so glad my lessons can be of value to you! Veronica

  3. I am glad to have stumbled across your page. I am a recent convert to the Orthodox Church (2014), though my active search for this pearl took me many years as it sounds like yours did as well. I appreciate you sharing your story and intend to read your book. I always want to hear about all the many paths through which people find their way into the Church. I see also that you are in process of writing a book about Saint Veronica (which I would very much look forward to reading). I happened here by running across the beautiful Troparion you wrote (when running a google search). Thank you for addressing that need. I was looking for something, it being her day today, and she is a Saint I feel close to. I wanted to share it to my Facebook page, but not without your permission, especially with you in process of the new book. It is enough of a gift today for me to have read it.

    1. Hi Julianna,

      Thank you for connecting with me and sharing about yourself. It is fine to share the troparia and I have already published my book about St. Veronica. You can find all 3 of my books on my author’s website and on Amazon. It is not a long book, but it includes vespers and a cannon service, a lot of her icons and artwork – it is a beautiful book! May God bless you in your Orthodox journey – He certainly has blessed my life in ways that answered so many unspoken prayers. My author’s site is:pearlofgreatpriceorthdox.com.

      In Christ,


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